Jeff The Brotherhood's Jake Orrall Tells Us Why He Hopes To Be Like Insane Clown Posse Someday.
Like Turbo Fruits, who were in town performing at Bryan Street Tavern's Big Fucking Anniversary Show just a couple weeks back, Jeff the Brotherhood features an original member of Tennessee brat punk outfit Be Your Own Pet.
That's an important distinction, because an alarming number of the buzz bands coming out of Nashville at the moment — Turbo Fruits, Jeff the Brotherhood, Natural Child and Heavy Cream, just to name a few — can tie their roots back to BYOP in some form or fashion.
But that's not to discount any of the merit these various side projects and offshoots have accrued on their own. Jeff the Brotherhood (who are brothers, although neither of which are named Jeff), for instance, was recently signed to Warner Brothers, who released the band's seventh studio album back in July.
Hypnotic Nights' comes off as a slightly more polished effort thanks to an increased recording budget, as well as the fact that the band eschewed their DIY roots this time around in favor of bringing The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach on board to produce.
“Usually, we only have about three days to record an album,” says Jeff the Brotherhood frontman Jake Orrall. “This time, we had a little more time because we had some more money — because of Warner Brothers, obviously. We usually have it written [already]. This record was totally done before we ever went into the studio. We went in and cut it. It took a week, [we[ mixed it in a week, and it was done. I think the reason it took longer than it usually does is because we had more options. We had Dan's ideas and stuff.”
But even before getting a big recent push from Warner Brothers, the garage rock two-piece was already being noticed by other indie duo luminaries.
In August of last year, the brothers acted as the backing band on Insane Clown Posse's Jack White-produced single for Third Man Records.
It was an odd pairing, sure, but one that still elicits a laugh from Orrall when he's asked about it.
“Some people get the joke, some people don't,” he says, stifling a guffaw. “Most people think it's cool.”
In either case, it's a move that the band doesn't regret for a second.
For one, it afforded the duo the chance to work with White, who Orrall proclaimed was “completely different [from Auerbach] in basically every way.” But it also changed their opinion of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, the emcees behind Detroit horrorcore duo Insane Clown Posse.
“They've built this hysterically successful empire with an enormous following and made a shit load of money,” Orrall says. “They're self-made millionaires. Really, it's just playing on a very simple idea. Maybe they are geniuses, I don't know. They're smart guys, that's for sure.”
And, with his band dipping its feet into major label waters for the first time, surrounding themselves with positive forces in the business is something they aren't shying away from at the moment. As growing up the sons of singer-songwriter and producer Robert Ellis Orrall taught them firsthand and early on, the music business isn't always a kind one.
“Growing up with our dad being in the commercial songwriting business for country and pop artists taught us a lot about how we didn't want do the music thing,” Orrall says. “There's a lot of shitty people out there. It's a sleazy business.”
Jeff the Brotherhood perform Tuesday, October 23 at Dada.